Whilst Newcastle fans have wondered in recent months if Mike Ashley would allow the club to target likely relegated players such as Charlie Austin and Danny Ings, other clubs such as Aston Villa are will be now casting their eyes at what would happen if NUFC take the drop.
With Newcastle now in a three way fight for demotion, other clubs are starting to look no doubt at the select number of decent players still at St. James’ Park.
Other clubs and their fans wondering which players wouldn’t fancy life in the Championship and/or that Mike Ashley would cash in on.
Until recently Aston Villa looked relegation favourites, until they appointed a new proper manager (imagine that) who has pulled them away from the bottom three and booked a trip to Wembley.
The Aston Villa fan website ‘7500 to Holte’ have been looking at the Newcastle squad and this is who they have picked out as possible purchases in the event of Mike Ashley and John Carver completing on Sunday what had looked an impossible job.
This is the Aston Villa fans’ shopping list with their observations:
Tim Krul: With the shaky form of Brad Guzan, and Shay Given starting to look his age, a new keeper could be on the shopping list this summer for Tim Sherwood. At 27, the Dutchman Krul still has a lot of his career ahead of him, even though he’s already proven his worth.
Daryl Janmaat: The right back has been a great creator of chances, and has six assists to go with a goal this campaign. He’s under contract until summer 2020, but high wages could force Newcastle to offload him.
Paul Dummett: Dummett is a solid defender …probably not the best left back available, but could be a cheap option.
Moussa Sissoko: One Cissokho out, another Sissoko in? Unfortunately Aston Villa may not be able to afford Moussa, but what an addition to the midfield he would be. Alongside Fabian Delph, Villa’s midfield would feature two true box-to-box .
Rémy Cabella: It hasn’t been easy to adjust to the Premier League for the Frenchman, but as we’ve seen with some players in the past, a change of scenery could be all he needs.
Ayoze Pérez: He’s one of the best prospects that clubs will look to poach should Newcastle suffer relegation. He’ll turn 22 this summer, and the striker would be a welcome addition to almost any club in the league.
I’ve got a feeling they might not have seen Moussa Sissoko play in recent months but the thought of Ayoze Perez in Aston Villa colours….